The fourth Brunch Crawl of the series, the Downtown Brunch Crawl boasted a diverse selection of eight different restaurants. From newly-opened bakeries to a taphouse under a hotel, this crawl covered everything.
For this crawl, the check-in was at Kingston Taphouse and Grill. Check-in is quick and easy, you present your ticket or give your name, and you are given your ‘passport’ for the crawl. Your passport is required to show to each restaurant you visit, and it conveniently has a map on the back with all of the marked locations you can visit. Since there is no specific order you must visit the restaurants, you can plan your own route to hit up the restaurants.
My personal favourites were Small Victory Bakery and Bella Gelataria. Once again, there was an abundance of food, and this time I ended up packing home the food from the last couple of stops. The service at each stop was similar to the last Brunch Crawl I did- quick, efficient and welcoming. I wish I could go on a Brunch Crawl every weekend!
Vancouver Foodster & Dine Out Vancouver Festival teamed up for a series of weekend Brunch Crawls in the different neighbourhoods around Vancouver. These Brunch Crawls take you on a journey visiting 7+ trendy restaurants with a wide variety of different brunch food ranging from classics to modern twists.
The Gastown Brunch Crawl, the first of six Brunch Crawls was a great success. The check-in was at Milano Coffee, one of the Brunch Crawl restaurants for the event. Upon check-in, you are given your ‘passport’ that is required to show to each restaurant as well as a list of the menus you will be served at each restaurant. The passport includes a map of all of the restaurant locations, which are conveniently within walking distance of each other. There is no specific order in which you must visit the restaurants. This allows you to customize your crawl, letting you choose which restaurants you want to try first or which route will minimize your walking.
When starting the crawl, I was a little concerned that I would not be able to make it to all of the restaurants within the four hours you are given (10:00am – 2:00pm.) The four hours proved to be more than enough time, and I was also pleasantly surprised that I did not have to wait for a table any longer than ten minutes at any of the restaurants. In most cases, I was seated immediately.
The restaurants were all well prepared for us Brunch Crawlers. Quickly and efficiently, the food was served timely at each restaurant. Some portions were larger than others, with many of the locations serving more than enough food to collectively put you into a full blown food coma. Prepare your stomachs for the biggest brunch you will ever have!
As a first-time Brunch Crawler, I was unsure of how the Brunch Crawl would pan out. I ended up having an amazing time, delicious food and met some new people along the way. I enjoyed that every stop of the crawl was a unique experience, and was introduced to a variety of restaurants that I may have never tried! It also turns out to be great value for the price! ($40 per person.)
Brunch at Ask For Luigi! Popular, good reviews from many people I’ve spoken to, and always busy. I attempted to go a couple of times earlier in 2014 but didn’t want to have to wait a long time to be seated. I really wanted to try their dinner menu, but one day decided to go for brunch. I went right when it opened, and was luckily seated immediately. The restaurant filled up quite quickly, and had I gone 20 minutes later, I would have had to wait. Smaller than I had imagined, it’s cute and cozy inside. I don’t normally associate pasta with brunch, but I knew that I had to try their pasta! I was curious about their noodle textures and was pleasantly surprised. My noodles were truly al dente, a lot firmer than most places serve their pasta, but I appreciated the fact that they were cooked properly. I’m a pasta connoisseur, but it felt right if that makes any sense. The pasta flavours were also very good. My favourite item was the meatballs, but as you may or may not know, I’ve got a thing for meatballs. The pork belly, although tasty, I felt like I could have done without having it. I will be back for the dinner menu one day!
My long awaited visit to The Acorn was well worth the wait! My first attempt was actually a couple of years ago. My friend and I were walking down Main Street after a long, sweaty gym work-out and were on the hunt for some good, healthy grub. I had never heard of The Acorn before, but was intrigued by the lack of signage and cool looking interior. The hours showed that it was not yet open (it was lunchtime) so we decided we would go back for dinner (attempt #1). Attempt #2, dinner time, I rushed over to The Acorn as soon as I could after work and put my name down for a table. The wait would be over an hour, and my friends and I were too hungry to wait! Attempt #3, drove to The Acorn with full intent to wait for a table but we saw that the line outside went down the street. Attempt #4: see Attempt #3. Attempt #5, I finally smartened up and decided to go right when they opened. My sister and I got there 15 minutes past opening time and the restaurant was already half full! I was seated in a dark corner, and was really looking forward to taking some beautiful food pictures, so I asked if I could move and be seated closer to the window. The server (who I later found out through Instagram was the owner) completely understood and let me choose a different seat. She smiled and told me to make sure I tagged The Acorn!
Onto the food. My sister and I ordered Rosewater Iced Teas, which were refreshing and had that nice hint of rose flavour. For appetizers we ordered the Fried Cauliflower (my favourite) and the Kale Salad. The spices they use in all of their dishes really take the flavours to a whole different level. For entrees my sister had The Harvest, which that day was a Truffle Mac & Cheese, and I had the Zucchini Linguini. Even though we were full, we really wanted to order dessert. We ordered the Plum dessert, which was roasted plums with Thai Basil Panna Cotta and Coconut. Dessert was deeelicious!